Brunel university london research ethics

Brunel university london research ethics

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Research ethics for students

What is Research Ethics?

Research Ethics is the process taken while planning your research, to ensure that your research complies with relevant regulatory and ethical standards. It is considered good research practice to make sure your research is conducted in an ethical and professional manner. Guidance on Good Research Practice can be found here.

What do I need to consider when planning research activity?

The four key ethical rules to consider

  1. Veracity: Truthfulness or absence of deception
  2. Privacy: Freedom from unwarranted public intrusion
  3. Confidentiality: Non-disclosure
  4. Fidelity: Accuracy in recording and reporting data

Does my research project need ethical review?

Any research which uses human participants must receive ethical review and approval before the work can start. Conducting such research without ethical approval is a violation of University policy.

When am I using “human participants”?

If your research involves collecting data from people, then you are using human participants. Collecting data can range from taking blood, to physical tests, to interviews, observation, or even just answering questionnaires.

Even if the data will be anonymised when the results are reported, you still need to have ethical approval.

What if my questionnaire is just a service review?

If your questionnaire is not being used as part of a research project, then you probably don’t have to have ethical approval. It depends on what you intend to do with the results. For instance, course evaluations, internal service satisfaction surveys and the like, where there is no intention to publish the results beyond the University, would not need ethical approval.

On the other hand, if a student decides to conduct such a survey as part of his or her coursework, then that should have ethical approval.

Brunel university london research ethics

What does ethical approval cover?

In applying for ethical approval, you will need to prove that you have considered the following: